Can Six Sigma Help You Get Recruited?100 Benefits Of Six Sigma
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Can Six Sigma Help You Get Recruited?100 Benefits Of Six Sigma

Here are 100 Benefits of Six Sigma for Individuals and Organizations

Six Sigma methodology began in Motorola over 2 decades ago. It is still one of the most sought after methodology for every business in almost every industry. Every organization, big or small, has adopted Six Sigma and cashing tremendous benefits to its bottom-line. Six Sigma has emerged as a stable and prospective career opportunity for professionals across the globe. These days’ organizations are demanding Six Sigma certification as one of the key criteria to be eligible to apply for any position.

With the growing demand of Six Sigma and the ever increasing need of highly skilled Six Sigma professionals, we believe that you should know everything about Six Sigma. Hence, we have compiled 100 benefits of Six Sigma methodology for Individuals and Organizations. This document was created by seeking the views of several hundreds of established Six Sigma professionals, and also by reviewing/compiling the benefits shared by Six Sigma and Quality gurus.

This document is useful for every individual who is aspiring to get recruited in the Six Sigma world. It is also helpful to individuals who are already working as professionals in the corporate world. Organizations which are planning to implement Six Sigma too can use this document to understand the benefits that are to be earned post implementation.

Here’s the list:

Six Sigma – Factual Benefits:

1. Motorola credits the six sigma initiative for savings of $940 million over three years.

2. Allied Signal (now Honeywell) reported an estimated $1.5 billion savings in 1997.

3. GE invested a billion dollars with a return of $1.75 billion in 1998 and an accumulated savings of $2.5 billion in 1999.

4. Companies that have embraced Six Sigma include Motorola, General Electric, Dupont, Polaroid, Kodak, Sony, Toshiba, Honeywell, Black and Decker, Dow Chemical, Federal Express, Boeing, Johnson and Johnson, Navistar, among others.

5. 93% of individuals who are Six Sigma certified either get promoted or get a new job they are seeking for within 6 months of completing their certification.

Six Sigma – Benefits for Aspiring Individuals:

6. Six Sigma professionals have high visibility right from the grass-root level to the top-most level of the organization.

7. Six Sigma professionals are termed as consultants for the processes. They need not have complete subject matter expertise of a specific process; however, their facilitation skills allow them to seek right output for every project.

8. A Six Sigma professional can see through any process by just looking (and analyzing) process-level data.

9. There is a dearth of effective and efficient Six Sigma professionals in businesses, corporations, organizations even after 20+ years of its existence. So, the myth that Six Sigma profession will soon reach saturation point continues to remain a myth.

10. The pay-scale of most Six Sigma professionals is atleast 15% higher than their peers in other departments.

11. Six Sigma methodology is adopted by almost every industry, hence, Six Sigma professionals have flexible career choices. They can work in any industry they wish to choose to work.

12. Six Sigma projects in major organizations include a gain-share clause. Thus, if the project team helps the organization achieve bottom-line savings, the project team is also rewarded monetarily.

13. Six Sigma professionals work beyond the four-walls of functions/operations and are aligned to meet organizational goals.

14. Growth path of Six Sigma professionals in large organizations is well-defined

15. Six Sigma professionals are excellent project managers, data analysts, facilitators, strategists, executioners, self-motivators and communicators.

16. Six Sigma provides job stability for skilled professionals.

17. Six Sigma allows professionals to be creative in every activity/facet of their day job.

18. Six Sigma professionals work in a global environment and have a fast paced growth.

19. Many Six Sigma professionals retire from their job early in their career and start their own consultancy services.

20. Six Sigma professionals are excellent trainers

21. Six Sigma professionals can choose to become project, program, portfolio managers or even big data analysts at any stage of their careers.

22. One Six Sigma professional can manage a processes/business comprising of 300 – 600 employees (this number may vary in various organizations).

23. Six Sigma professionals are catalysts to change organizational culture. They are result-oriented, effective collaborators and have a go-getter attitude.

24. Six Sigma professionals are also responsible for innovating new trends, way of work, and out-of-box thought process within organizations.

25. Six Sigma professionals serve as project managers for business improvement projects to ensure timely completion and achievement of the improvement objectives.

26. Six Sigma Black Belts lead cross-functional teams

27. Six Sigma professionals possess excellent interpersonal and meeting facilitation skills

28. Six Sigma professionals develop and manage a detailed project plan

29. Six Sigma professionals sustain team motivation and stability

30. Six Sigma methodology is the only “documented” methodology available in the market that can resolve any business problem. Hence, it has been persisting since 2 decades and will continue to exist for many years to come. Thus, providing a very promising career move.

Benefits of Six Sigma to Organizations:

31. Six Sigma results in a highly disciplined process that focuses on developing and delivering near-perfect products and services consistently

32. Six Sigma manifests by identification of vital root-causes from trivial many, thus, limited resources are required to resolve business problems.

33. Six Sigma is a management strategy that uses statistical tools in the form of projects to achieve breakthrough profitability and dramatic gains in quality

34. Processes which are at Six Sigma level of performance achieve the status of being world class

35. Six Sigma focuses on outputs which are critical to customers, thus, customer delight is its number one priority

36. Six Sigma can be applied to many operations (manufacturing or service) and still deliver near perfect products or services

37. Six Sigma leads to Cost Reductions within the organization

38. Market-share of the organization improves

39. Six Sigma has a direct impact on defect reduction

40. Six Sigma brings a much desired culture change within the entire organization

41. Six Sigma additionally results in productivity gains for the organization

42. Customer relations are improved due to Six Sigma implementation

43. Six Sigma also benefits the organization by cycle-time reduction

44. Six Sigma results in creating an infrastructure of trained individuals (black belts, green belts, etc)

45. Six Sigma uses sound statistical approach and leads to data driven decisions which result in near accurate decisions by respective stakeholders

46. Six Sigma leads to management commitment

47. This methodology eliminates dependence upon inspection as a way to achieve quality

48. Six Sigma focuses on variation reduction

49. Six Sigma empowers people to create process stability and a culture of continuous improvements

50. Six Sigma always starts with the customer. Six Sigma quality is built around the customer.Everything starts and ends with customers. Customers define quality and set expectations.

51. Six Sigma focuses on multiple dimensions of quality measurements such as Performance, Features, Conformance, Reliability, Durability, Service, Response, Aesthetics, Reputation, among others. This leads to looking at all aspects of product/service effectiveness.

52. Customer value consists of Cost, Quality, Features and Availability Factors (CQFA). Six Sigma focuses on all four of these values in any organization.

Six Sigma – Benefits for any organizational hierarchy:

53. Six Sigma can also be applied into functions such as Human Resources, Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Product Liability, Safety and Health, Legal and Regulatory, Research and Development (R&D), Purchasing, Information Technology (IT), Management Information System (MIS), Production Planning and Scheduling, Quality, Environmental, Technology, among others.

54. Six Sigma can be implemented in any type of organizational structures such as flat organization, tall (vertical) organization, functional organization, product organization, geographic organization, matrix organization, team-based organization, among others.

55. Six Sigma results in cross-functional collaboration, thus, the organization benefits from an integration of the overall processes within different departments of the organization. This leads to positive results for the end-customer.

56. Six Sigma results in effective implementation of rules and procedures, thus, everyone in the organization understands what to do and when to do. Increases reliability amongst project members.

Six Sigma – Benefits for Organizational Project Teams:

57. Six Sigma focuses on planning, thus, objectives and targets are known by everyone

58. Six Sigma leads to creating one task force and team comprising individuals from various departments, thus, fostering the culture of working in unison

59. Six Sigma results in creation of change agents within the organization. These change agents are individuals or groups that act as the catalyst and assume the responsibility for managing the change process

60. Six Sigma leads to strategic changes, technological changes and structural changes within the organization. It also leads to changing the attitudes and behaviors of employees within the organization.

61. Six Sigma helps in formation of a team which are highly focused to ensure the constancy of purpose, reinforce client-driven values, share business results, give people a sense of motivation, develop realistic and integrated plan and provide direction and support

62. Six Sigma gives birth to individuals with effective facilitation skills

63. Six Sigma provides a best way to motivate employees of the organization by providing them with challenging jobs which make use of their talents and abilities

64. Six Sigma leads to effective team building. This additionally increases three key characteristics of team building – mutual trust, respect and support.

65. Six Sigma results in creating a social system that is highly effective, people-building, potential-releasing and goal-achieving.

Benefits of Six Sigma Solutions:

66. Six Sigma doesn’t result in a band-aid solution i.e. it does not yield solutions to resolve superficial problems for the process. This methodology surfaces root-cause of the problem and eliminates it from there.

67. Six Sigma improves all the three principal dimensions for measuring quality in any process – Effectiveness, Efficiency and Adaptability.

68. SIPOC model is extensively used by Six Sigma to create, monitor, and improve businesses for process management, process improvement, and process design/redesign. Through SIPOC, Six Sigma helps everyone “see” the business from a holistic view atan end-to-end level.

Six Sigma – Benefits to Organizational Processes:

69. Six Sigma recognizes: 1) the real state of any business, 2) operational issues that link to key business systems and 3) functional problems that link to operational issues

70. Six Sigma defines: 1) what plans must be in place to realize improvement of each state, 2) projects to resolve operational issues and 3) the processes that contribute to the functional problems

71. Six Sigma methodology measures: 1) the business systems that supports the plans, 2) performance of six sigma projects and 3) the capability of each process that offers operational leverage

72. Six Sigma analyzes: 1) the gap in system performance benchmarks, 2) project performance in relation to operational goals and 3) the data to assess prevalent patterns and trends

73. Six Sigma improves: 1) system elements to achieve performance goals, 2) six sigma project management system and 3) key product/service characteristics created by key processes

74. Six Sigma controls: 1) system-level characteristics that are critical to value, 2) inputs to project management system and 3) process variables that exert important influence

75. Six Sigma standardizes: 1) the systems that prove to be best in class, 2) best-in-class management system practices and 3) the methods/processes producing best-in-class performance

76. Six Sigma integrates:1) best-in-class systems into the strategic planning framework, 2) standardized six sigma practices into policies and procedures and 3) standard methods and processes into the design cycle

Six Sigma – Benefits as a Practice:

77. All the stakeholders of an organization including stockholders, customers, suppliers, company management, employees and their families, the community, and society are benefited by Six Sigma

78. Six Sigma projects can result in improvement of any number of Critical to X requirements such as Critical to Quality (CTQ), Cost of Quality (COQ), Critical to Delivery (CTD), Critical to Process (CTP), Critical to Safety (CTS), among others.

79. Six Sigma encourages the process of benchmarking and takes into consideration all distinctive types of benchmarking such as Process Benchmarking, Performance Benchmarking, Project Benchmarking, Strategic Benchmarking, among others.

80. Six Sigma starts tracking effective performance measures in the form of metrics. These metrics are captured at all three levels such as Key Performance Output Variables (KPOVs), Key Performance Input Variables (KPIVs) and Critical Success Factors (CSFs).

81. Six Sigma provides new metrics at business level, operations level and detailed process level.

82. Six Sigma yields higher Return on Assets (ROAs), higher Return on Investments (ROIs), higher Net Present Value (NPVs), faster Payback and almost negligible cost of poor quality (COPQ)

Six Sigma – Benefits of Effective Tools Usage:

83. Six Sigma encourages use of multiple decision making tools such as Brainstorming, Team Consensus, Nominal Group Technique, Voting, Multi-voting, Force-field analysis, among others.

84. Six Sigma also encourages use of several management and planning tools such as Affinity diagrams, Interrelationship Diagraphs, Tree diagrams, prioritization matrices, Matrix diagrams, Process design program charts (PDPC), Activity Network Diagrams, among others.

85. Six Sigma focuses on various stages of project management such as Planning (deciding what to do), Scheduling (deciding when to do it) and Controlling (ensuring that the desired results are obtained).

86. Six Sigma professionals are also experts at various planning tools such as Performance Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), Critical Path Method (CPM), Gantt Charts, among others.

87. Six Sigma professionals are also proficient with several Process Analysis tools such as Value Stream Map, SIPOC, Process Flow Charts, Procedures, Work Instructions, Spaghetti Diagrams, Use of Venn Diagrams, among others.

88. Six Sigma methodology uses sampling as a technique – sampling includes random sampling, sequential sampling, stratified sampling, cluster sampling, among others.

89. Six Sigma also focuses on various characteristics to examine a gage system when performing measurement system analysis. The characteristics of a gage system includes sensitivity, reproducibility, accuracy, precision, among others.

90. Six Sigma professionals make use of various graphical methods including Boxplots, Stem and Leaf plots, Scatter diagrams, Run charts, Histograms, among others.

91. Six Sigma professionals make use of commonly used distributions while performing statistical analysis. Commonly used distributions include normal distribution, binomial distribution, poisson distribution, chi square distribution, student’s t distribution, F distribution, among others.

92. Higher belts Six Sigma professionals are also aware of other distributions such as Hypergeometric distribution, Bivariate distribution, Exponential distribution, Lognormal distribution, Weibull distribution, among others.

93. Multivariate techniques known to Six Sigma professionals in engineering, technology and other scientific disciplines include Principal components analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, canonical correlation analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, among others.

94. Six Sigma professionals are also proficient in nonlinear regression models such as logistic regression analysis, logit regression analysis, probit regression analysis, among others.

95. Six Sigma professionals conduct hypothesis testing for means using various tests such as Z-test (1 sample t-test), Student’s t test (1 sample t-test, 2 sample t-test), chi square test, proportion test (Test of Equal Variances, 1-Variance test, 2-Variance test, Paired test, F-test), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), among others.

96. Six Sigma professionals are also proficient in non-parametric techniques such as Kendall Coefficient of Concordance, Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient, Kruskal Wallis One-Way Analysis of Variance by Ranks, Mann-Whitney U test, Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney Ran Sum test, Levene’s test, Mood’s Median test, among others.

97. Six Sigma methodology also helps professionals to understand and effectively action failure modes of any process well in advance using an important tool known as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA).

98. Six Sigma professionals also are proficient in usingkey gap analysis techniques such as Benchmarking, SWOT analysis, PEST analysis, Porter’s five competitive forces, among others.

99. Six Sigma professionals are practitioners of root cause analysis techniques such as 5 Whys, Cause and Effect Diagrams, Pareto Diagrams, Fault Tree Analysis, Ford 8D Problem Solving methods, among others

100. Six Sigma professionals are also well-equipped in using various lean techniques such as 5S, Poka-Yoke (Mistake Proofing), Standard work, Visual controls, Takt time, Kanban-Pull, among others.


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